The Wright Township Board of Supervisors passed the 2016 budget in a special meeting earlier this month, Chairman Donald Zampetti reported at the board’s regular meeting Dec. 14. Once again, there will be no tax increase in the township. The 2016 budget will be $3,178,646, up slightly from this year’s budget of $3,050,124.
The township renewed its Cops-In-School agreement with the Crestwood School District, to be active from now until May. The cost for a Wright Township police officer to be present in the schools will not exceed $31,200, Zampetti said, and the district will reimburse the township for this cost.
The board passed an ordinance that parking be prohibited in township-owned parking lots from 11 p. m. to 7 a. m. Zampetti explained that the parking ban stems from people sleeping in their vehicles and using their cars as “living quarters” in the lower parking lot of the township’s municipal park.
The Wright Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept. answered 36 calls in November, including one structural fire, and made preparations for the winter season, Supervisor Colleen Macko stated. A fire truck will drive Santa Claus around Rice and Wright townships on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 9 a. m., she added, where Santa will greet residents and hand out candy canes to children.
Workers are preparing the township’s ice-skating rink for the winter season, if that ever happens, Uram said.
The Wright Twp. police handled 322 incidents in November, Supervisor Candace Smith related, including four thefts, two frauds, and four cases of criminal mischief. Police issued 68 traffic citations, six warnings, and investigated seven accidents. The fire police handled six fires, 13 accidents, and 10 false alarms.
On Nov. 19, Wright Police Officer David Winsock was given a law-enforcement recognition award for his work with the township’s campaign to end aggressive driving, Smith said.
The Public Works Department received and corrected three complaints in November, Zampetti stated. Potholes in the township continue to be patched, salt spreaders were added to two trucks, and tree removal was done due to wind damage.
Zampetti went on to thank the public works crew for covering all areas of the township several times
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